Well hello everyone. We are still here, still moving along and still taking time for adventures once in a while.
A few years ago when Don and I started trying to get out more and farther on our holidays, I bought Don a picture frame that says “We followed our hearts rather than our itinerary”. That is really how we have lived our life, always a bit off the path that others may choose. We purchased our first RV before we even purchased our first home. And there will never be any regrets over that. I hope our girls feel the same way when we have the opportunity to remember all the days and nights spent camping when they were little, and now as we camp when we have the chance, with them as adults with husbands and a family.
Since the mortgage seems to be paid off at about the same time as everyone else (which was supposed to be everyone's BIG dream when we were young), our children received great educations and are established citizens of society, and we are happy, no regrets.
So back to off the path! One of our favourite places to visit has become Laughlin, Nevada. Although we both love a chance to visit, eat, drink and shop in Las Vegas, for longer times, we prefer the paid back atmosphere of Laughlin. As well, basing in Laughlin affords the opportunity to easily visit other places we enjoy, such as Hoover Dam, Kingman, driving Route 66, etc.
What is off the path about that? We drive, not fly. People ask why, confused as to that choice. Often we have been asked why we would want to spend that much time in a vehicle together. My answer is always the same – why would you not want to spend all that time together with your spouse? Driving allows you a chance for casual conversation, catching up on life, and yes even working on the laptop. So often you hear the quote “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey” and that is what our holidays are like. We may not know what the walls of a resort in Mexico are like, but we do know the beauty of the hills of Montana, the flowers in the dessert, the lake country in Idaho, the coast line of Washington or Oregon, and on and on.
Although we may not have given flying an chance in some opinions, driving is our choice.
We just returned from a great vacation in the Laughlin area. We spent a Saturday night on Freemont Street in Las Vegas, and took some time to shop at my favourite outlet mall along the way. Sunday we were off to Laughlin, and spent a great week there. We drove to Lake Havasu for a day and soaked up the sun, drove out to the Hoover Dam and saw the completed bridge project, drove to Kingman Arizona for lunch and through the odd but historic community of Oatman, and spent a great three days with Walter and Pat. There was lots of time for lounging and visiting, and catching up with each other before we return to life!
What better way to welcome spring?!